March 18, 2020
22 Adar 5780
Dear Friends,

At this time of forced separation, we are reaching out to everyone in our community with affection and concern for your well-being. Our primary concern is for the health of each and every one of you, and especially for those among us who are most vulnerable.

We are grateful to everyone that has reached out to offer help to those among us who are in need, and we want to invite all who are willing and able to join in this effort. 

If you need assistance, please let us know. 
If you are in a high-risk category, we encourage you to stay home and allow us to shop and run errands for you so you can remain safe. We will do whatever we can to help, so please don't hesitate to reach out. Email HelpingHands@TempleBethElNJ.org.

If you are able to join the corps of Helping Hands, please let us know. 
Any contribution of time is appreciated - and we welcome as much or as little as you are able to do. If you are uncomfortable leaving your home, there are still ways you can help, such as making phone calls to fellow members to check in, communicate our love and concern, and inquire about their needs. Many of our college-age members have been forced to return home from school and we welcome their assistance as well. If you can lend a hand, reach out to  HelpingHands@TempleBethElNJ.org.

Remaining Connected
We love to come together in our synagogue to celebrate at times of joy, to support each other in times of sadness, to learn, to pray, and to engage in acts of kindness and compassion. Sadly, the current public health emergency prevents us from gathering for these activities.

Thankfully, even the limitations imposed upon us also have their limits. While we cannot join together physically, we have begun to connect with each other virtually for meetings and classes, and we are busy planning other such opportunities to maintain our connections and continue the activities of our community as best we can.

Our Education Directors are working with our dedicated and talented teachers to plan activities for our students and their families. B'nai Mitzvah tutoring is continuing through Zoom meetings. Adult Education sessions will be held on this platform, as well. And we are planning an online Shabbat Evening gathering and Shabbat morning Torah study. Details of these events will be communicated in the next few days. 

In the meantime, we send you love, a warm virtual embrace, and our prayers for healing for all who are affected by illness and fear. May God be with you and bless you.
L'shalom,


Rabbi Arnie Gluck


Leigh Miller, p
resident
Update on TBE programming
  • All public events at TBE are currently suspended with many programs and meetings moving to remote access platforms. The only exception is the Blood Drive on March 22 because of the great need for blood during this health crisis. If you had signed up for that, you will receive a notice separately. If you are able to give but haven't signed up, visit www.redcross.org and search with zip code 08844 to sign up.
  • Our staff is now working remotely. You can reach TBE staff by leaving a voicemail message at their office, or sending an email (see list below). 
  • The TBE office is staffed periodically by essential personnel. Should you need to gain access to the building, please be in touch with Amy Rubin to coordinate. 
  • In the event of an emergency, contact Rabbi Gluck (908-229-1618) or Amy Rubin (908-419-2000) 
If you believe you may be infected or are showing symptoms, do not go directly to your doctor's office or to the emergency room. Call ahead to let them know and wait for instructions. Taking this important step will reduce the risk of transmitting the disease to others in the offices or waiting rooms.
Resources on COVID - 19  (with gratitude to Assemblyman Roy Freiman) 

NJ is now offering a 24-hour public hotline with trained public health professionals standing by to answer questions about Coronavirus at 1-800-222-1222 (or 1-800-962-1253 if using out-of-state phone line). All calls are FREE and available in multiple languages.
For additional questions, do not hesitate to access these available resources as well:
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
NJDOH Information on locating your local health department or healthcare professional if you experience symptoms
https://www.state.nj.us/health/lh/community/index.shtml
Governor Murphy's daily press conference
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCH8YwF0eRl9E5lpGj8OaiLg
NJ Department of Labor & Workforce Development
https://www.nj.gov/labor/worker-protections/earnedsick/covid.shtml
Hunterdon County Deparment of Health
http://www.co.hunterdon.nj.us/coronavirus.html

How to Reach Us

Even though the office is not routinely staffed, call 908-722-0674 and use the extension below to leave a message. Voice mail will be checked daily.

Rabbi Arnold Gluck: x311;  RabbiGluck@TempleBethElNJ.org
Student Cantor Emily Simkin: x315; EmilySimkin@TempleBethElNJ.org
Amy E. Rubin (Executive Director); x310:  AmyRubin@TempleBethElNJ.org  
Sarah Gluck (Education Director): x313; SarahGluck@TempleBethElNJ.org  
Lisa Friedman (Education Director): x327; LisaFriedman@TempleBethElNJ.org
Hannah Lafargue (Director of Youth Engagement) x324; HannahLafargue@TempleBethElNJ.org
Dina Fisher (Administrative Assistant): x312;  DinaFisher@TempleBethElNJ.org
Ivy Anglin (Religious School Secretary): x316; IvyAnglin@TempleBethElNJ.org 

Our Lay Leaders
Leigh Miller ( President)
Gary Cohen ( First Vice President)
Andrea Bradley ( Second Vice President)
Elyse Robbins ( Treasurer)
Jeff Resnick ( Assistant Treasurer)
Lynn Small ( Secretary)
Julie Hirsch ( Connections Counselor)
Roxanne Levinston ( Justice Counselor)
Ryan Maizel ( Sustenance Counselor)
Melissa Pyle ( Learning Counselor)
Jodi Siegal ( Spirituality Counselor)


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Temple Beth-El 

67 US Highway 206, Hillsborough, NJ
Phone: (908)-722-0674  |  Fax: (908)-429-1418  |  Email: info@TempleBethElNJ.org
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